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Get Skinny with Healthy Junk Food

If you want to get skinny, you’ll never do it by gobbling down junk food. You can’t do it on celery and water either. The key to shedding pounds and finally getting into shape is understanding your food cravings and responding to them appropriately.

You crave junk food for a good reason. For one, you need protein, fat, and sugar to survive. If you deny yourself these necessities, your body will go into starvation mode and you’ll never lose weight.

Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips

The burgers, fries, potato chips, and snack cakes you crave don’t give you the right amount of protein, fat, and sugar. Instead, they use chemicals to fool your body into thinking you’re taking in these necessities.

It has been proven that junk food manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars figuring out just how to fool their customers into thinking they’re eating something healthy. The New York Times put out a report earlier this year that really broke down, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”.

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What You Need to Do After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is an obvious and easy choice for those looking for a solution to their personal obesity. It's a choice made after failed attempts at just about every other option. It is not without pain or risk, but it can mean a much better future for the patient - given that the average weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is 60% of the excess weight.

How It Works

During surgery, about 85% of the stomach is removed. This creates a tubular or sleeve-like stomach with a capacity of 60 to 150 cc. The stomach is reduced, but it keeps functioning as before surgery. Any weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is better than no weight loss at all. But, you still need to work on long-term lifestyle changes.

A 100- pound weight loss can be expected. And, once you are comfortable enough to move, you can expect the weight loss to continue and increase over a 12-18 month period. This is different for every one, but such results are not unreasonable.

Eating Once Again

The upside is that there are few restrictions on food selections after gastric sleeve surgery. The downside is that, with only half the stomach remaining, some of the nutrition absorbed by the stomach and of the hormones produced in the stomach disappear.

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Cosmetic Surgery Addiction - How To Know When To Stop

For most people, cosmetic surgery is a one off occurrence.  Usually, these people will keep saving up so that eventually they can afford to alter the part of their body they are least happy with.  This might involve a nose job, breast augmentation or a facelift.  However, for some, cosmetic surgery is an addiction and it’s important that you know the warning signs before you get hooked on altering your body beyond recognition. 

Is There Really Such a Condition as Cosmetic Surgery Addiction?                                                      

Cosmetic SurgeryWhen we think of the word ‘addiction’ we tend to think about substance abuse or gambling addictions, to name a few examples.  However, addictions have many forms and can manifest themselves in ways that can take us completely by surprise.  Cosmetic surgery addiction is a behavioral addiction - sufferers become addicted to seeing the changes in their body and develop a skewed image of themselves and unrealistic expectations. 

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The 2 Minute Workout that Will Kick You Into High Gear

Do you have too much stuff to do? Like you, every day I deal with Facebook posts, tweets, work and family. Finding time to go to the gym is getting tough! Well, don't worry. I have put together a workout you can do anywhere called the 2 Minute Workout that only takes, you guessed it, 2 minutes! This workout will get your blood pumping, increase your energy level, burn some calories and strengthen muscles.  Not a bad way to spend 2 minutes!

Perform each of the below exercises for 30 seconds .

Quad Hop

Get on your toes and place your palms on the floor facing each other. Keep your back parallel to the floor. Push up off the floor.

Quick video of me doing Quad Hops

Sky Kicks

Sit on the floor with your hands pointed toward your toes. Push up until your arms are straight. This is the starting position. Alternately kick your feet up and down.

Quick video of me doing Sky Kicks

Switch Backs

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How To Get Back in Shape After Quitting Smoking

Congrats: you finally quit smoking! What happens next? Initially, your palate and metabolism will return to normal, meaning food will taste better but fat will be more difficult to break down. However, your lung capacity will gradually improve, giving you more freedom to enjoy physical activities. Once you quit smoking there are many ways to get back into shape and, of course, most of them involve some form of exercise. Have you ever wondered what makes a workout actually work? Why does working out make you healthier? Regular workouts help your body in a variety of ways. For starters, working out helps to promote:

  Healthier digestion

  Healthier circulation

  Healthier lung capacity

  Bone health

  Heart heath

  Increased cognitive abilities

  Better moods 

  Reduced stress

  Healthy aging

  Weight management


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Walking Increases Lifespan, Regenerates Brain, Study Finds

As a podiatric physician and walking instructor at, I am always reading new research on walking. People ask me why I bother: hasn’t it all been said?

No, it has not. In fact, some of the findings about walking are vexing, perplexing and downright mystifying. Other research is fascinating and motivating.

One constant seems to be that every research team sets out knowing great things can happen for walkers.

In fact, many of the studies are based on the premise that bare minimums of walking can do amazing things for your health and increase your lifespan (more on that later). But in every case, walking remains the winner.

I’d like to use this space to summarize the most enlightening (and some surprising) studies from the latest walking research.

The Basics: Just Minutes of Walking Can Add Years to Your Life

When people tell me they don’t have time to walk (too many texts to send, I suppose), I jump out of my chair to tell them about this study by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. It wasn’t a casual headcount, either – over 650,000 people were involved in their research, which covered decades of statistics.

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J/fit Balance Pods Review

As a former professional rugby, albeit only for a year, I know how important balance and core stability can be when it comes to playing sport at a high level; it’s often one of the assets that separates elite sportsmen and women.

I still play rugby regularly, although I’m strictly an enthusiastic amateur nowadays, and as such I perform some form of core stability work during each and every gym workout. Whether I’m on a stability ball doing squats, or performing weighted lunges on a wobble cushion, I always try to throw in some core work to every workout routine.

Balance and core stability are essential in every aspect of rugby, whether you’re breaking tackles and trying to stay on your feet, whether you’re scrummaging or you’re trying to sidestep an opponent.

I’m always on the lookout for exciting new ways of improving my balance and core stability, which is why I’m so excited to have come across J/fit Balance Pods. They offer a versatile means of adding some much needed, and extremely beneficial, core and balance work into my exercise routine.

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Powerstrike kickboxing Vol. 6 Review

I’m someone who gets bored easily by running and needs something a little more exciting to keep me interested and committed to my cardio workouts. That’s why, when it comes to getting into great shape, kickboxing is one of my personal favourites.

I’ve been to kickboxing classes at my local gym on and off over the last few years, but the problem for me boils down to cost, and that’s why I only go to one or two each month. I would love to attend more classes, however, as the results from kickboxing workouts are great; they get you fit, lean and feeling great, in no time at all.

If you love kickboxing as a means of getting, and staying, in shape, Powerstrike kickboxing Vol. 6 could be the workout DVD for you. It provides a comprehensive workout routine that teaches you all of the correct techniques, while allowing you to get a great workout, in the comfort of your own home.

How does Powerstrike kickboxing Vol. 6 work?

Hosted by award winning presenter Ilaria Montagnani, voted best female presenter in 2010, Powerstrike kickboxing Vol. 6 provides users with a comprehensive cardio workout, while also demonstrating the core fundamentals of kickboxing.

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Perfect V2 Pushup Bar Review

I absolutely love bodyweight training. Heading down to the gym to shift some real steel has its attractions, but it’s the convenience of bodyweight circuits that keeps me coming back for more.

While there are a whole host of bodyweight exercises that I like to perform, as part of my routine, push ups are, without doubt, the most effective means of training your upper body and core. And I can’t get enough of them.

Whether you’re a beginner, trying their best to reach 10 push ups per set, or you love to smash out sets of 100, joint pain is a very real problem. If you’re new to push ups, and so are not sure about the correct technique, or you’re a push up veteran, and tend to lose your technique when you get tired, poor form can really put undue stress and strain on your elbows, wrists and shoulders.

I always notice, at the end of an intense training week, that my joints are a little sore from performing so many repetitions. When you’re trying to get through a high number of reps, however, it comes with the territory.

It seems, though, that the Perfect V2 Pushup Bar may just be able to provide a solution to these woes. The Perfect V2 Pushup Bar allows users to perform push ups, while taking a lot of the strain off your joints and ensuring that you keep your technique.   

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Reebok Balance Board Review

As a rugby player, core stability is extremely important to me. I always try and incorporate some form of core stability exercises into every workout that I undertake. Having a strong core ensures that every time I hit a ruck, scrummage, lift in the lineout, make a tackle or try to make a line break, I am more powerful and effective.

In addition, core stability and great balance are prerequisites for rugby, as they allow you to step around players, as well as stay on your feet to offload the ball after a tackle.

I’m always looking for new and more interesting ways to strengthen my core. I tend to use the Swiss Ball a lot, but its bulky nature doesn’t exactly make it great for transporting easily. Given that I travel a lot, for work and please, something more portable would be great.

This is why I was so excited to come across the Reebok balance board. It’s a balance board that gives me many of the same core workout options as a Swiss Ball, but is portable enough for me to take it with me wherever I go.

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